I just need to vent!!!! I am waiting on nursing school to start. My original plan was to get my EMT and get some experience in emergency medicine, hoping that would make it easier for me to get into ER/ICU once I'm done with nursing school. I obtained my EMT-B this past January. I have been applying to jobs such as EMT, CNA, PCT at multiple hospitals and organizations with not even so much as a call in for an interview. I'm in the East Valley of the Phoenix area, but I've been applying to anything even in downtown Phoenix -- pretty much anything that I can find within a 50 mile radius.
I have awesome grades, but not much experience in the medical field on my resume. I have been a stay at home mom for a while and my work history is sporadic from the fast few years. I know this hurts me, but we haven't been able to afford putting the kids in day care. I have signed up to volunteer at a local hospital, but short of stalking all the HR managers (which I doubt would actually help) I have no idea what else to do. Am I doing something wrong? Is there some trick to landing a tech or CNA job? I need a job for my sanity.
I could be wrong, but I think its an actual legal requirement to be a CNA to work as an aide in LTC, since they have state CNA registrys used to record whether someone has an abuse or neglect finding against them. Ive never heard of a non CNA working as an aide at a SNF or some other LTC facility, at least not in the last decade or so when rules became more strict. I think hospitals also have different rules because you can work under a physicians license
I think a lot of ER techs are CNAs that transferred from another part of the hospital, since most hospitals give preference to current employees whenever a position opens up. Just like its hard to get a PCT job unless you have CNA experience, its hard to get an ER tech job with no experience, unless you know someone who has some pull or you just get lucky and make a hell of an impression during an interview.
Being an EMT basic is of limited value since they have no phlebotomy or ECG training. When I was interviewing at hospitals, none of them ever showed any interest in my EMT training, only when I had actual 911 experience did they see it as being a plus.
Last edit by funtimes on Jun 30, '12